For many families, picking the perfect tree among rows and rows of firs and evergreens is a Christmas tradition. And at Candy Cane Tree Farm in Lincoln, the owners love to share in that tradition by providing not only a variety of shapes, sizes and species, but also personalized service.
Nancy Sykes grew up on the Lincoln farm and was given 20 acres of land to use with her husband Joe. While at first they raised chickens and cows, the time came in 2002 when they decided to try their hand at something a little simpler.
“I have the land that’s been in my family forever and we wanted to do something with it,” Nancy Sykes said. “The tree farm was my husband’s idea.”
It took five years for the 2,800 seedlings to be ready for sale, and Joe Sykes said that once they were in business, one of the most important aspects of Candy Cane Tree Farm is that the trees are affordable for any one. From small to tall, Candy Cane Tree Farm offers a variety of Canaan Fir, Concolor Fir, Fraser Fir and Douglas Fir trees.
And at $6 per foot, it’s easy for families to find something perfect for their home and not break the bank.
“It’s about helping other people out by keeping our prices low,” Joe Sykes said. “You can go other places and pay $80-$90 for a tree that is going to be thrown out in a couple weeks. I’d rather you spend your money on your family and keep our prices low. That’s the tradition I’m looking at.”
And while Joe Sykes said he’s happy to help the customers tie down trees if needed, he recommends that those planning to take a tree home should think about how exactly they’re going to get it there. While he makes it look easy to hoist a 6-foot tree on top of a car and tightly tie it down, sometimes that’s not the best option. He even recalled one customer stuffing a tree into a BMW.
Candy Cane Tree Farm is the only local farm for the Milford and Lincoln areas, although there are plenty of other tree farms in Kent and Sussex counties. To find other local tree growers, visit de.gov/christmastrees.
While the Sykes plan on phasing out of the Christmas tree business, as they have not planted any seedlings in two years, they still enjoy seeing how shopping for the perfect tree is a different kind of tradition for each family.
“The fun part is watching the families,” Nancy Sykes said. “When I open and the families come to get their trees, you see people singing carols around them, taking pictures, making toasts and some even want to cut their own tree. It is truly a rewarding experience to watch families come together and choose their perfect Christmas tree.”